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23 Jun 2022

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Coins | Longstrider

Well, I waited for someone else to write this but it doesn’t look like that will happen. I guess it’s up to me. Below are the coins that I was given on Father’s Day. Before you start wondering how many kids I have I want to say that these are from all the Creatures that live in The Compound.

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11 May 2020

CINCO de MAYO-GOLD 2.5 PESO!

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The other day, Tuesday, 5 May, was the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Briefly, it is the celebration of the Battle of Puebla in which the hugely outnumbered Mexican Army was victorious in defeating the French and gaining their independence. I love this day and since there were no public celebrations, I did the only thing possible, I bought a coin. I am a collector of all Latin American silver coinage. This day is special so I went for a gold coin instead.

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30 Dec 2018

1947 GOLD MEXICAN 50 PESO "CENTENARIO" KM # 481

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Below is my specimen of a 1947 gold Mexican 50 Peso coin. This is a very interesting coin to me. It was first minted in 1921 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain. It is also known as the Centenario. It was minted as a circulating gold coin under the Mexican Reform Act of 1905. This act would be a blog by itself so I will just leave it at that. The coin was made from 1921 through 1947. In 1947 the original mintage was 309,000. However in 1947 Mexico started minting restrikes, as the coin was so popular by numismatists and also investors. There was a mintage of 1,975,654 restrikes in 1947. The mint also made restrikes in the 1990's and 2000's. The 90's coins were made in a prooflike surface and the 2000's were done in a matte finish. My particular coin is a solid 1947, not a restrike.

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19 Jan 2018

MEXICAN ENDANGERED SPECIES COMMEMORATIVE

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Below I have my example of a Mexican Commemorative. It is actually one of the series of Endangered Species in Mexico Collection. That is inscribed on the reverse in Spanish, "ANIMALES EN PELIGRO DE EXTINCION / EN MEXICO". Mine is a 2000 River Crocodile, "CROCODRILO DEL RIO". It shows a great picture of a crocodile centered on the coin. His or hers mouth is opened against a grass background. Above that is the date 2000 and the mint mark of Mexico City below it. To the left of the crocodile is the denomination, $5. To the left of everything is the Latin name of the species, (Crocodylus acutus). It is a very busy reverse but it all fits nicely on the well designed reverse.

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02 May 2017

MEXICAN BEAUTY BOOK REVIEW

Library | Longstrider

I recently, 17 April, put up a blog on my Mexican Un Peso Caballito. It received some nice comments with a few people never hearing about this famous coin. So I thought I'd put up a blog on my main reference book about it. This blog is going to be a short one on my feelings about the book. If you want a more detailed review I suggest you go to Amazon. The author is Allan Schein and the entire book is written in English and Spanish. If one is interested in the Caballito coin this is a must have reference book. The illustrations and photos are numerous and very beautiful and clear. It goes over the varieties of the coin with clear examples. One also learns a great deal about the designer Charles Pillet and illustrates some of his other works on coins and medals. It is simply "THE" book on Belleza Mexicana/Mexican Beauty one should read before you spend your money on a coin to learn what it could be. Thanks for reading!

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19 Mar 2017

MONEDAS HISTORICAS IBEROAMERICANAS

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Below I have a great 2010 Mexican commemorative silver coin. It is eighth in the series that roughly translates as "the money history of Latin America." This coin is dated 2010 but was not released until 2011. Minted in the famous mint at Mexico City, it is released by the Banco de Mexico. The obverse has the Mexican Coat of Arms completely encircled by the coat of arms of Argentina, Cuba, Spain, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Portugal.The reverse depicts both the obverse and reverse of the famous 1910 Caballito coin superimposed over an antique map of the world know as the "Carta Marina Nuova Tavala". This map is famous partly for being one of the earliest maps showing California's peninsula. The web of lines are the famous sea ports of Mexico and Latin America.

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